Two states announced the suspension of the gas tax to minimize the impact of price increases amid inflation and the conflict in Ukraine, which are hitting U.S. drivers hard.
Maryland was the first state to move forward with the measure. Through a law enacted on March 18, it suspended the tax until April 16, Gov. Larry Hogan said in a tweet.
“Today, I signed emergency bipartisan legislation that makes Maryland the first state in the nation to enact an immediate suspension of the gas tax,” Hogan tweeted.
Gas prices in Maryland dropped more than 40 cents this week, to an average of $3.86 on Sunday, as CNN Business reported.
“This is, of course, not a cure-all, and market instability will continue to lead to fluctuations in prices, but we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to provide relief for Marylanders,” Hogan also said in a statement.
Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp, meanwhile, signed legislation on March 18 to pause the state’s motor fuel sales tax, which will remain in effect until May 31, 2022.
This will save drivers $0.29 per gallon of gasoline and $0.32 per gallon of diesel, the governor’s office said.
“Though we can’t fix everything Washington has broken, we’re doing our part to lessen the impact on Georgians’ wallets,” Kemp said on Twitter.
Gasoline prices climbed Tuesday to an incredible $4.242 per gal, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
California currently has the most expensive gasoline in the country, with an average price of $5.866 per gallon. State legislators proposed sending a $400 rebate to all taxpayers to compensate for the price increase.
As indicated by Fox Business, in a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, the lawmakers wrote: “This proposed $400 rebate would cover the current 51 cents-per-gallon gas tax for one full year, 52 trips to the pump for most vehicles.”
“Notably, we believe a rebate is a better approach than suspending the gas tax – which would severely impact funding for important transportation projects and offers no guarantee that oil companies would pass on the savings to consumers,” they added in the letter.